Among other things, Morgan Cathey’s “energy and passion for the game” won him the job as the new men’s soccer coach at Whitworth University, according to athletic director Aaron Leetch.
“I was impressed with his ability to interact with the team when he was visiting on campus,” said Leetch, who announced Cathey’s appointment Thursday morning.
“He didn’t force the connection – it just happened.”
Cathey recently completed his second season as the top assistant coach at California State University Stanislaus, where he helped lead the Warriors to their first conference title and NCAA Division II tournament appearance.
“It’s an exciting challenge,” Cathey said Thursday. “But I’m confident that I’m ready for the next step. I’ve been fortunate to learn from a lot of different mentors.”
On July 1, Cathey will take over a program that has won eight Northwest Conference championships and made seven NCAA Division III tournament appearances since 2001, all under departing head coach Sean Bushey. Bushey won 209 matches in 17 seasons leading the Pirates.
After playing four years as the starting goalkeeper at Azusa Pacific University, Cathey went on to play for the Cascade Surge of the Premier Development League in 2006. He began coaching while at Azusa Pacific, coaching high school boys and girls teams from 2004-06.
Cathey played professionally in South Africa from 2007-09.
Cathey, a San Diego native, returned to the United States in 2011, becoming the top assistant at CSU-Stanislaus. The Warriors finished 11-6-2 in 2011 and 12-5-3 last fall.